Girl Quintuplets Born for the First Time in 46 Years
Update (4/16/15): Yesterday, several news outlets reported the Busby quintuplets was the first all-girl set born since 1969, but it has since been clarified that the Busby quintuplets are believed to be the first surviving quintuplets to be born. Also, thanks to our readers, we have further clarified some additional statistics and data in this post.
It's hard enough giving birth to twins and triplets, but Danielle Busby has the distinct honor of giving birth to quintuplets.
And what makes this Texan mom's birth story even more incredible: it's the first set that all-female quintuplets have been born and survived in America in nearly 50 years. Quintuplets and other high-order births are so rare that only a total of 66 were recorded being born in 2013.
In addition to their newborns, Busby and her husband, Adam, also have another daughter, Blayke, who's 3 years old.
Both Blayke and her new sisters (named Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate, and Riley Paige) were conceived via intrauterinie insemination (IUI) fertility treatments.
The quintuplets were also born premature at 28 weeks and two days, and delivered via C-section in four minutes at the Woman's Hospital of Texas last week. The couple praised the hospital on their blog, itsabuzzworld.com, and thanked the staff for bringing their "little miracle babies to this world."
At the moment, the girls are still in the NICU, and the new parents shared a video with photos and updates about their daughters' developing personalities. Watch the update below!
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